Staffan Liljas is a Swedish bass-baritone equally at home on the operatic and concert stages. He is currently in a production of Menotti’s The Telephone in Stockholm, and this summer he will debut as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Skånska Operan.
In 2016, he was part of two critically lauded opera performances, first as the Badger in Janacek’s The cunning little vixen at Norrlandsoperan, and then in Ligetiland at Folkoperan in Stockholm – a performance with music by György Ligeti, where he performed Aventures together with KammarensembleN. In 2015, he was Don Pedro in Läckö Slottsoperas highly acclaimed production of Berlioz’ Beatrice et Benedict.
Staffan graduated the master’s programme at the University College of Opera in Stockholm in the summer 2012. In College, Staffan has performed Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth and Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He has performed as part of the Young Artist Programme at Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2011 as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte and in 2012 as Ercole and Oreste in Cavalli’s Il Giasone. Staffan has also performed scenes from Berg’s Wozzeck as Wozzeck, Wagner’s Siegfried as Wotan, Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail as Osmin, and Puccini’s Tosca as Scarpia.
After college, Staffan has been part of first performances of three newly written operas, among them Carl Unander-Scharin’s experimental I sing the body electric with performances in Stockholm and Cape Town, South Africa. In the summer of 2014 he sang his first Alberich in Wagner’s Das Rheingold in Oslo.
Staffan has wide-ranging musical interests, and performs music by the early masters such as Purcell, Händel and Bach with equal pleasure and ease as classical and romantic repertoire by Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner and newly written music by composers such as Alban Berg, György Ligeti, Unander-Scharin and others. Staffan is highly regarded for his warm timbre, excellent diction and stage presence in both dramatic and comedic roles.